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IPL 2017: SRH's Rashid Khan becomes first Afghan player in the tournament with debut against RCB

Hyderabad: Teenage leg-spinner Rashid Khan Arman on Wednesday created history by becoming the first player from the war-torn Afghanistan to play an Indian Premier League match.

SRH's Rashid Khan bowls against RCB in the first match of IPL 2017. Sportzpics

SRH's Rashid Khan bowls against RCB in the first match of IPL 2017. Sportzpics

The 18-year-old was named in the playing XI of the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad who took on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening game of the season 10.

Rashid was bought by Sunrisers for Rs 4 crore making him an overnight star in his country.

Known to bowl fast leg-breaks, Rashid has been in prime form during the recently concluded bilateral series against Ireland played at Greater Noida.

He took five wickets in the T20 Internationals and 16 wickets in five ODIs and match-haul of eight scalps in the four-day game. He also hit a half-century in one of the games.

Rashid has so far played 33 T20 games taking 56 wickets at ana economy rate of shade less than six runs per over.

Updated Date: Apr 05, 2017 22:53 PM

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